Iraqi security forces shot protestors in an escalation of chronic frustration with a lack of jobs and services, including salty water that shut down the Basra refinery.One protestor was confirmed dead and at least two protestors and five members of security forces were injured outside the West Qurna 1 oil field on Sunday, as demonstrators rallied against unmet demands for jobs and basic services. The lack of steady work, electricity, and potable water has been compounded by 120 degrees Fahrenheit heat and poor quantity and quality of water flowing from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers and tributaries. Increased salinization in the Shatt al-Arab – the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers – temporarily shut down the country’s largest operational refinery over the weekend. This content is […]